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It was Super Sunday at the harness racing meeting at Red Shores Summerside featuring a stakes filled day honoring the Joe O'Brien memorial, Lady Slipper and the Atlantic Aged Mares Final. The big showdown of the afternoon went to Dixieland Band and driver Gilles Barrieau after they teamed up to fend off a fast closing Proven Desire in their respective gold division of the O'Brien. Proven Desire, under the command of Marc Campbell, took his shot when Campbell angled him out on route to the three-quarter pole with the big colts going toe to toe through the stretch but it wasn't quite enough. Dixieland Band has 11 wins from 16 starts for owners David and Aaron MacKenzie and Reg MacPherson. The colt, who toured the Prince County oval in 1:56.1, is trained by Kevin MacLean. The victory was Barrieau's fourth trip to the winner's circle. Woodmere Fullalife (Paul Langille) completed the triactor. JJ Romeo, in line to Mike Stevenson, captured O'Brien gold for owner Daniel Ross, Belfast, PE. The runner up was Bngs Express (Danny Romo) The three-year-old fillies were in action with the Lady Slipper stakes with Campbell taking both gold splits aboard Three Pink Bows and Dustylane Msvickie. This year's Gold Cup & Saucer winning pilot recorded a driving triple which included a score with trotter Paymenowpaymelater for trainer Earl Watts and owner Wade Peconi, Stanchel, PE. The stage was also set for the nine finalists in the Atlantic Aged Mares Final for $16,517 presented by Standardbred Canada. Rail sitter For All We Know knocked off race favorite Ramblinglily in 1:57.1. Gary Chappell engineered the winning drive for trainer Jackie Matheson and owner Bruce Wood, Marshfield, PE. Ramblinglily (Walter Cheverie) was second with Brodys Leona (Ken Murphy) third. For a complete list of the stakes winners go to Lee Drake

Charlottetown, PE – Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park hosted the latest edition of the PEI Colt Stakes with a harness racing double-header on Saturday. It was a record breaking afternoon for Heart and Soul. Heart and Soul, owned by Earith and George Riley, Kensington, PE, toured the legendary oval in a dazzling 1:55.3 setting a new track record for two-year-old colts. Trainer-driver Clare MacDonald sent the son Western Paradise, bred by Riley Farms, to the point and crushed fractions of 29.1, 57.2 and 1:26.2 winning by an incredible 19 and half lengths. The mile erased the former record of 1:56 set by Astronomical and Dr. Ian Moore in 2004. K D Overdrive pushed his win to four for Downey Stable, NB. The colt was handled by Gilles Barrieau who enjoyed a driving triple on the afternoon with victories aboard stakes star Jackson K Downe and PL Faststrike. Driver Corey MacPherson recorded a hat-trick aboard two stakes winners on Dixie Lullaby and Dustylanemissmolly. MacPherson also guided Mach Vegas to top honours for trainer Adam Merner. The other divisional winners in the PEI Colt Stakes on the afternoon program were Howmac Fiesty (Danny Romo), Paradise Paradox (Bernard McCallum) and J K Cowboy (Ryan Perrot). Evening Edition “Welcome to Gilles Barrieau night,” boomed track announcer Vance Cameron when the NB driver crossed the finish line on top for an astonishing seventh time on the 14 dash program at Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The card featured the PEI Colt Stakes for three-year-olds and the Atlantic Aged Mares Pacing Series. Barrieau was in the bike when Dixieland Band torched the city track in a red hot 1:54.4 in his respective division over Proven Desire (Marc Campbell) and Goodmorningmister third. The colt is trained by Kevin MacLean for owners Reg MacPherson, David MacKenzie, Stratford and Aaron MacKenzie, Winsloe, PE. The “Maritime Magic Man” also had his picture taken with the same connections when stable stars Pictonian Edge and Forever Paradise scored under the lights. Barrieau, who has teamed up with MacQuarrie’s Meats to raise money for the Upper Room Foodbank in the Drive for Charity promotion, was almost unstoppable winning half of the scheduled races. His top assignments also included Ultimatelyhandsome, Braveheart De Vie in the MacPhee Memorial, General Luckypercy in a division of the Atlantic Aged Mares Pacing Series and Artners in Crime. PEI Colt Stakes hardware was also presented to Elm Grove Joanette (Kenny Arsenault), Tobins Lady (Jason Hughes), Camco Titan (Corey MacPherson) and Dustylane Msvickie (Marc Campbell). In other action, Rambinglily, under the command of Walter Cheverie, notched her seventh victory in a row in her leg of the Atlantic Aged Mares Pacing Series in 1:57.4 for trainer Allan Jones. By Lee Drake

Charlottetown, PE - Clic K, with Gilles Barrieau in the bike, notched his fourth win in a row with three straight coming on PEI soil after taking the Saturday night harness racing feature in a dazzling 1:54.3 at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Jackie Matheson does the training for the pacer's owners Plo stables of Donagh, PE. Barrieau, who also enjoyed a big day at Fredericton Raceway before heading to Red Shores, sent the seven-year-old to the point and laid down fractions of 27.3, 56.2 and 1:26.1 while sprinting to the finish to win by open lengths over First Art Down (Ken Murphy) and McJestic (Corey MacPherson). In other action, Pleasure Girls, handled by Corey MacPherson who had two victories on the card, was moved to top place in the trot class after the winner Thunderaway was placed second for being inside two consecutive pylons. Majian Chester completed the triactor. Driver Marc Campbell recorded a hat-trick scoring with Windemere Stanley for owner Kyle Gillis, Truro, N.S, Dusty Lane Msvickie owned by Grayland Farm, Pugwash, N.S. and Eagle Jolt for owners Wilbur and Marie MacDonald, Orwell, PE. Barrieau, MacPherson, Gordie Hennessey and Jason Hughes had driving doubles. For complete results go to By Lee Drake  

Harness racing driver Gilles Barrieau was dominant in the two-year-old Williamson Stakes as he captured three of the four divisions contested at Fredericton Raceway on Monday afternoon.   Barrieau guided K D Overdrive in the opener and equalled the track record for the fastest mile ever paced by a freshman pacer. It turned out to be the fastest mile ever for geldings at the half-mile oval.   Owned by the Downey Stables of Quispamsis, N.B the son of Camyistic thrilled on lookers with a 1:56.2 victory. That equalled Clinton Debriefed and his long standing record that has stood since 2002.   Jackson K Down is now six for seven lifetime after a 1:58.1 triumph for the Downey Stables in the second colt division. Gilles other win came with a horse from his own as stable as Howmacscanasta captured a filly division for her Saint John connections.   There was a track record set by Todd Trites and Dixieland Lullaby as she set a new track standard for pacing fillies of 1:58 for Nova Scotia's Johnny Heffernan.   Both Trites and Barrieau were the driving stars of the afternoon as they each scored four-wins on the program, capturing eight of the ten races. Racing continues on Saturday as Fredericton Raceway plays host to the Bill Quigg stake, the Jennie and Joe Chippin Memorial and the Albert Goodine Memorial. Post time at 1:00 P.M.   Scott Waddell        

Harness racing was front and center on Sunday afternoon at Red Shores in Summerside, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick horses did extremely well in stakes action.   Two New Brunswick owned two-year-olds were victorious in the Gold divisions of the lucrative Lady Slipper Stakes.   Gilles Barrieau, fresh off recording his 4000th career win on Saturday night in P.E.I drove K D Overdrive to victory for the Downey Stables of Saint John. He stopped the clock in a quick 1:57.4 win to take the lions share of the $ 11,000 purse.   Steve Mason trains the pacer who has won four of six races so far this season. He has bankrolled close to $ 17,000 in his first year at the races.   Meanwhile, Scott Hubbard drove Amirightorwrong to victory for owner Traci Friars of Quispamsis, N.B. Wayne Hubbard trains the filly who paced a dazzling final quarter of :28 seconds flat to secure the victory. It was her first lifetime win and pushed her earnings at close to $ 14,000.   Also on Sunday, Cindy Gunn and Dale Spence owned Brandons Cowboy was a runner-up in his stakes test while Jackson K Down also finished second in his Gold division.   Dieppe, N.B native Gilles Barrieau collected a total of three-wins on the afternoon card.   Racing in New Brunswick is scheduled for this Friday at Saint John's Exhibition Park Raceway at 5:00 P.M as part of exhibition week in the port city.

Charlottetown, PE – Driver Gilles Barrieau is now an official member of the 4,000 win club. Barrieau reached the milestone with four victories on the day, one at Exhibition Park Raceway in Saint John, NB and three more during the 12 dash program Saturday at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The NB native won with Pictonian Edge for trainer Kevin MacLean and then swept the late daily double with the Ron Matheson stable aboard Clic K, who won the feature in a sparking 1:54.3, and Artners in Crime, owned by Bobbi Jo Gaudet, notching the career milestone. Barrieau was joined in the winner’s circle by family, friends and Red Shores race manager Adam Walsh presented him with a special sign to mark the occasion. Marc Campbell and Gordie Hennessey recorded driving doubles. For complete results go to by Lee Drake, for Red Shores

Charlottetown, PE - Harness driver Gilles Barrieau is only five wins away from notching career win 4000 and the talented reinsman could get this weekend with live race programs Saturday at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park with a 6pm post time while Red Shores Summerside hosts Sunday at 1pm with the Joe O'Brien and Lady Slipper stakes. Barrieau was down to drive three horses on tonight's program (Friday). Newcomer Clic K who made quite an impact with his first start on PEI taking the Premier's Pace on Gold Cup night is the going for his third victory in a row when he takes on the top class Saturday in race 11 scheduled for post at 8:53pm. Barrieau will do the driving for trainer Ron Matheson. The seven-year-old pacer will be leaving from post 7 while the runner up in that race, Machinthesand (Ken Murphy), has drawn the rail for the $2,400 showdown. All eyes will be on Silverhill Shadow who rocked to a 1:54.2 score for Paul MacKenzie in his last start. Terry Gallant will be in the bike for Silverhill, Tignish. The other starters include Iron Phil, Tempo Seelster, Cabo Pan Lucas and Si Semalu. The program also features the Dave & Ginny Younker Memorial in race 3. The Younker family had a close connection to trotters so it's fitting the memorial will have current track record holder Thunderaway competing for driver Jason Hughes and Foxyhall Racing of Summerside. Veteran Caliban Hanover will lead the post parade followed by Neal, Majian Chesterand Eat Pray Trot. Red Shores welcomes the Billings Driving Challenge to Charlottetown with competitions in races 4 and 6 and includes 24 year-old Hannah Miller and local driver Thane Arsenault. For complete list of entries, Les' Picks and live video go to Sunday at Red Shores Summerside Summerside, PE - The two-year-old colts will be featured in the Joe O'Brien stakes while the two-year-old fillies will campaign in the Lady Slipper stakes part of a 14 dash program Sunday at Red Shores Summerside. The starter calls the horses at the historic Prince County oval at 1pm. Dees Boy, owned by David Kent, Hunter River, leads off the program for trainer-driver Kenny Arsenault in the first division of the O'Brien stake for a purse of $4,300. Trainer Jamie Smith sends out Angie B in the first Lady Slipper event for $5,500. Jason Hughes will drive the 5-2 odds choice for owner Angela MacDonald, Charlottetown. There are two Lady Slipper gold splits each carrying a purse of $11,000. Scarlet Safari is the classifier's choice in her assignment for owner Gordon MacLean, trainer Darryl MacLean and driver Marc Campbell while Howmacscanasta gets top billing in her class for driver Gilles Barrieau and owners Wayne MacRae, NS, Robert Tiley and Lester Mott, NB. Barriea also has a live drive aboard Jackson K Down off the rail in the O'Brien gold level for a purse of $10,200. The colt, owned by the Downey Stables, is five for five and a victory will push him over the $20,000 mark in earnings. The legendary stable could sweep the O'Brien gold events when K D Overdrive competes in race 8. In other action, Woodmere No Fool, fresh off the Mayor's Challenge on Wednesday, is the morning line favorite in the Peter Coughlin Memorial is race 5 for trainer Garth Cole, Kensington and driver Brian MacPhee. For entries, Jared's picks and live broadcast go to by Lee Drake, for Red Shores     

Racing returns to Saint John on Saturday afternoon with a number of events including the prestigious Milton Downey Memorial which carries a $ 2500 purse.   Slated for race seven on the eight-dash program, the field includes Walter Dale Memorial winner, Skippy from post-one.   Facing five other rivals, Skippy has drawn the inside post-one for driver Mark Haig and owner Harold DeFazio.   Gilles Barrieau, at time of this writing was just five-wins shy of his 4000th career driving victory. He will sit in the bike on the number two entry American Terror, a winner of seven races this year from the powerful Ed Harvey stable.   Young Michael Folkins will send out the veteran pacer Rocknroll Band from post-three for catch-driver Todd Trites. Post-four belongs to the iron sided pacer J Rs Hurricane for Jean Charles Belliveau of Scouduc, New Brunswick.   He has been a tough competitor over the past couple of years on the New Brunswick circuit and has drawn the services of the capable Lonny Stokes. Ed Harvey's second entry in the field leaves from five as Ed will handle the driving chores of the steady pacer Darth Bader.   Rounding out the Downey Memorial is Coral Snake for co-owner Luke Armstrong. Luke captured his first-ever victory with the pacer during Old Home Week and makes his first top-class drive. He shares the ownership with his father Rick.   Saturday also will feature the Maritimer stake that will race in two divisions for three-year-old fillies and a final all raced in the same day. Over $ 21,000 in purse money is available for the ten entrants that are set to go.   Post time is Saturday at 1:00 P.M.   by Scott Waddell, for HRNB    

Two of New Brunswick's best known names in harness racing circles are both on the verge of milestones in their careers.   Mark Haig, last year's leading driver in Saint John is six-wins shy of his 500th career victory heading into Saturday's card at Exhibition Park Raceway.   Haig, winner of 494 races lifetime, added wins this past week in Prince Edward Island to inch closer to his personal milestone.   Meanwhile, Gilles Barrieau who will drive at both Summerside and Prince Edward Island on Wednesday and Thursday is six-wins shy of his 4000th career win.   Coming off a huge Old Home Week in P.E.I, the Dieppe, N.B native is also expected to drive Saturday in Saint John.   Scott Waddell

New Brunswick award winning harness racing trainer/driver Gilles Barrieau leads all of Canada in this week's statistics for driving percentage with a sparkling .473 average.   Barrieau who has won multiple Maritime awards and recognized nationally for his horsemanship, is just twenty-eight wins shy of hitting the milestone of four-thousand in his illustrious career.   In ten straight years the Moncton native has recorded a seasonal driving average of over .400. He also sports over $ 7.5 million in career earnings and is closing in on $ 200,000 in earnings this season.   Scott Waddell        

Thursday night promises to be a lively card of  harness racing at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. First race post time is 7 pm for the 12-dash program that will serve as the lead in to Old Home Week 2015. The feature of the night is the first leg of the Alpine $4,000 claiming series. Mortal Combat appears to be the heavyweight of the three $1,750 horse and gelding divisions as Marc Campbell drives the five-year-old son of Tell All from post 6 in race 6 of the evening. Rene Allard trains Mortal Combat as the pacer ships in from Pocono Downs in Pennsylvania. The first horse and gelding claiming series division is in race 2 with PL Faststrike the classifier's choice from post 6 in the field of half-a-dozen with Gilles Barrieau in the bike for trainer Adam Merner and owners Blenise Young of Nova Scotia and Jeffrey Campbell of Calgary. The morning line choice in race 10 is Cam Cool in another horse and gelding split with Campbell in the bike for trainer Jim Copley and owner Ann Copley of Inverness, N.S. Two divisions of the Alpine $4,000 claiming series for fillies and mares is also slated on the card with the queen of the Charlottetown claiming mares leading the way in the first division in race 4. CL La Rousse has rail control in the $1,750 event with Jason Hughes in the bike for trainer and co-owner Reg Ferguson and co-owner Paula MacPhee, both of Charlottetown. The other fillies and mares split is in race 8 with Cape Breton invader Dontcallmeprincess the morning line choice for trainer Walter Walker and owner Kayla Habicht Walker, both of Inverness, N.S. The post 6 starter has Barrieau listed to drive. A 12-dash program is scheduled for Friday evening with a 7 pm start time. That card will serve as the official opener of Old Home Week 2015. For up-to-date news on the action at the Capital oval during the next 10 days, check in with the newsrooms at and Lee Drake

New Brunswick owned and driven horses were front and center in Atlantic Sires Stakes action on Sunday afternoon at Inverness Raceway in Nova Scotia.   Jackson K Down, home bred by the Downey Stables of Quispamsis, N.B, remains undefeated as a two-year-old in 2015. His latest impressive win was a track record setting performance of 1:59.   Gilles Barrieau has been handed the driving chores this season on the freshman and he has close to $ 12,000 in seasonal winnings. He's a son of Camystic out of Village Jericho.   Also on the card Brandons Glory, co-owned by Cindy Gunn of Saint John was a solid winner in 2:01.4 for trainer Tommy Gunn and driver Dale Spence Jr.   On the filly side Amirightorwrong and driver Scott Hubbard was third in her stakes test for owner Traci Friars of Quispamsis, N.B. She has been in the top three in each of her four starts and has accumulated over $ 6500 to date.   Racing in New Brunswick is now on a break as many of the industry participants will be in P.E.I for Old Home Week festivities starting this weekend in Prince Edward Island.   Scott Waddell

A new track record for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings was set on Sunday afternoon when Jackson K Down clocked an impressive 1:59 in Atlantic Sires Stakes racing action at the harness racing meeting at Inverness Raceway. The current Atlantic Sires Stakes point leader was under the command of Gilles Barrieau as he captured the winner's share of the $7440 purse for the Downey Stables of Quispamsis, NB. Brandon's Glory and driver Dale Spence won their 'A' division event for pacing colts and geldings, crossing the finish line in 2:01.4. Cindy Gunn of Saint John, NB, co-shares ownership of the two-year-old bay pacing colt with Dale Spence. Heart and Soul took first place honours in his event 'A' division event with driver-trainer Clare MacDonald in the bike. The brown pacing gelding went wire to wire in 1:59.4 for owners Earith and George Riley of Kensington, PE. MacDonald had a driving double on the afternoon race card, winning a $9760 'A' division event for two-year-old pacing fillies with her home bred West River Ambyr. MacDonald of Antigonish, NS, shares ownership with daughter Haley MacDonald. The other 'A' division event for two-year-old fillies went to Brookdale Liz and driver Bernard McCallum. The duo crossed the finish line in 2:03.4 for owners Doug R. Polley and Doug E. Polley of Amherst, NS. Atlantic Sires Stakes racing action now takes a brief reprieve but will come back full force with a full slate of events slated for Old Home Week at Red Shores Charlottetown Driving Park. The Atlantic Sires Stakes events begin on August 15 with the 3 year-old pacing fillies and events will continue throughout the week of harness racing action. Lynne MacLennan

Jann Down was victorious in her Atlantic Sires Stakes 'A' division event at the harness racing meeting at Inverness Raceway on Sunday afternoon. The three-year-old pacing filly, under the command of Gilles Barrieau, crossed the finish line in 1:58.3 for the Downey Stables of Quispamsis, NB. Coming home second was Invader M and Clare MacDonald and third was Three Pink Bows and Danny Romo. Miss Oromocto and Mark Haig captured the other $9580 'A' division event in 1:58.2. The ownership papers on the bay pacing filly are held by Mel Land of Hopewell Cape, NB and Sharon Burchill of Oromocto, NB. Woodmere Articblue and Danny Romo placed second and Thebigbamtheory and Ernie Laffin were third. The lone $2500 'B' division event went to Mirages Paradise and driver John Gerard Kennedy for owner-trainer Irwin Claener of New Waterford, NS. Atlantic Sires Stakes racing action returns to Inverness Raceway next Sunday when the two-year-old pacing colts and fillies both meet for competition. Lynne MacLennan                  

Forever Paradise was placed right on the point by driver Gilles Barrieau and went on to win the Thursday night feature at the harness racing meeting at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park in a solid 1:55.3. The Big Bite put in a strong effort and rallied late to finish second for Mike Stevenson with J RS Hurricane (Corey MacPherson) third. Barrieau did the driving for the ownership group of Reg MacPherson and David and Aaron MacKenzie. The pacer notched his 7th win of the campaign. Lyndale Royal made it three victories in a row when he nailed the line in a swift 1:56.3. It was also the third winner of the night for driver Marc Campbell. The six-year-old is trained by Brent Campbell for his co-owner Neal Moase. Other highlights on the card included Dunmore Chance (Jack Panting) and Majian Chester (James Ripley) won their respective assignments in the trot divisions. Yankee No More, owned by Ernest Smith, Rocky Point and trainer Darren Smith, Cornwall, stopped the timer in 1:57.4 to get the pick 5 contest rolling while Tammysmist flashed great speed with a 1:58 performance for driver Ken Murphy, owner Ken Waite, Summerside and trainer Elton Miller. For complete results go to Racing returns Saturday post time is 6pm. Lee A. Drake

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Forever Paradise formerly had a reputation as King of the Thursday night top class and the Kevin MacLean trainee is looking for his throne back this Thursday at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. First race post time is 7 pm for the 12-dash card. Gilles Barrieau will control the lines of the post 4 starter Forever Paradise in the race 11 $2,200 feature for owners Reg MacPherson and David MacKenzie of Stratford and Aaron MacKenzie of Winsloe. The leading percentage driver in North America with over 100 starts, Barrieau has a good chance to keep his masterful average afloat with Forever Paradise, who has quite a record of his own with six wins, three seconds and a third from 12 seasonal starts. A Fresh challenger has the rail in the Thursday feature in the form of Kendal Gucci. The six-year-old Life Sign mare has Doug Folkins Jr. in the bike for owner-trainer Jonah Moase of Warren Grove. Moase has been racing his stable in Ontario since the winter meet concluded in Charlottetown in February. Other entries include The Big Bite (Mike Stevenson), Tempo Seelster (Vincent Poulton), Jrs Hurricane (Corey MacPherson), Likely To Win (Marc Campbell) and Cambest Kisser (Jason Hughes). The back-up pace lines up in race 12 with a pair of tough claimers going to battle once again this week. Sinners In Heaven (Gary Chappell) has the rail fresh off a 1:56.2 victory while Lyndale Royal (Campbell) will leave from post 3 after scoring wins in his last two starts. Both Island bred pacers compete for a price tag of $7,200 in the eight-horse field. A group of eight pacing mares will look to hook bridles in the race 9 Fillies and Mares Not Listed Open for a purse of $1,850. Rose Valley is favoured off the rail for driver Kenny Arsenault, trainer Mike Campbell and owners Dawn and Theodore Bremnew of Jemseg, N.B. The five-year-old mare will compete against the likes of Onehotvett (Wade Sorrie) from post 2 and track record holder Whitesand Artist (Neil Bambrick) from post 6. The Island trot ranks will meet in races 3 and 5 as Kims Pjs is the favourite in race 3 for a $1,350 purse for trainer-driver Lenny Myers. Race 5 has Caliban Hanover dropping out of Open competition to be installed as the morning line choice from post 4 in the $1,550 affair for trainer-driver Ron Gass. By Nicholas Oakes for Red Shores

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